Krystel
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Krystel

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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03
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Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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You are too sweet,
Thank you for the kind words and I am so glad you enjoyed being in the
studio..it was fun ;) You are an awesome performer with real talent and I wish you nothing less than the best.

Sincerely,
Fiona - 92.1 - WQQK


He's a little bit Hip-Hop and she's a little bit R&B Soul, but when you put them together - they're a tight duo better known as Latino Saint (aka Tyler Ramos) and Krystel (aka Krystle Ochsner). These two partners in musical crime are making an impact on the music scene with their smartly crafted but still soulfully hip blended beats and vocals. Over the last two years the Nashville-based performers have performed with some of Hip-Hop's A-List rhymsters such as Killa Mike, G-Unit's Young Buck, Fat Joe, B2K, LL Cool J, Bubba Sparxxx, Blu Cantrell, Amanda Perez, Chingy and Snoop Dogg among many. According to the new hip-hop culture magazine XPOZ, Latino Saint's CD "Half Breed" became one of the most critically acclaimed independent releases of 2004.
The Latino Saint and Krystel were even more successful as songwriters. Their hit single "U Don't Know" won the hip-hop category and second place overall in the Song of the Year contest (www.songoftheyear.com). Collectively, Latino Saint and Krystel have formed an alliance of talented musicians and producers into an organization known as La Familia Del Sol or "Family of the Sun". With the use of internet technology as their key networking source for their members, this group of dedicated performers are providing opportunities to independent musicians throughout the country. Meet the Latino Saint and Krystel. Read on:
TRIBUNE: WHAT IS LA FAMILIA DEL SOL?
KRYSTEL: "It's our network of artists more than it is a group of performers. We use that name when we all perform together. It helps us to present a united front as entertainers. But individually we all have our independent careers, shows, and audiences that we cater to. Tyler's audiences are more hip-hop and mine are more into R&B and Pop. But when we work together the two styles and the two audiences are combined into one."
TRIBUNE: HOW MANY PERFORMERS ARE PART OF LA FAMILIA DEL SOL?
TYLER: "We network with artists, and people are always coming and going, but we provide show and production opportunities. We have three solid producers. We have six solid artists. Three of them have CD's and merchandise that's being sold. So we help them to get their product marketed and the other three who don't have product as of now, we're helping them to get to that level by working them through the necessary ranks."
TRIBUNE: SO ARE BANDS OF ALL RACES PART OF THE FAMILY?
TYLER: "Yes. We're often called E.O.E. or equal opportunity entertainment. We have performers who are white, latin, black- it doesn't matter to us, everyone's welcome. We have a passion for music and feel that when we all come together it's a beautiful rainbow of music and performers."
KRYSTEL: "I just want to add that many of the artists in the La Familia Del Sol family are not based in Nashville. Some are living here but also in Michigan, Arkansas, Nebraska and California. We work heavily through the internet too by locating various producers and performers who are listed on certain websites."
TRIBUNE: HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN OFFERED ANY RECORD DEALS?
TYLER: "We've had a few, including one from a major Latin company. But in all these offers, so far it hasn't been the right deal. We've had offers from several independent companies too, but we now look at ourselves as an independent company. Our philosophy is, you've got to out-hustle us! We don't necessarily need a record deal because we're making records. We're still open to work with a company if it's a good deal though. Right now we really need promotions, marketing and bookings - as many as we can get."
TRIBUNE: WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS YOU'VE WORKED WITH?
KRYSTEL: "I've sung backup for several major name artists. I've sang background for Lyle Lovett, which included being one of the singers on a TV show that he did. I've worked with Grammy-award winning producer Shannon Sanders, who is India. Arie's producer. He lives here and he's been helpful in getting me a lot of work with major artists."
TRIBUNE: HOW DID YOU GUYS GET TOGETHER?
KRYSTEL: "We've been together for two years. We met through one of the websites that feature information about independent artists and performers. Tyler had asked for people to review his music. I did a review and he in turn reviewed my music so from there we just started communicating. We started out as music associates, collaborating on each other's music. We eventually met up at a music conference in Florida. After finally meeting each other in person, we knew we both wanted to be together. Most of the time we don't perform together. We work separately with other bands."
TYLER: We didn't start communicating with the idea of doing internet dating. It just turned out that way. We loved each other's music. I was living in Michigan (Battle Creek) and there wasn't any real reason that I should continue living there. So I ended up here in Nashville because of her."
TRIBUNE: KRYSTEL, YOU HAVE A REAL STRONG R&B SOUND. DO YOU HAVE A BACKGROUND OF SINGING IN CHURCH?
KRYSTEL: "Yes. I started singing in the church back in Washington State, when I was five years old. I come from a family of singers who also sang in the church. I moved to Nashville a few years ago to re-focus my career and after I met Tyler that has happened. But when I first moved here, I tried to fit my singing style into the country music circle, but it just didn't work out."
TRIBUNE: DOES NASHVILLE HAVE A GROWING R&B MUSIC SCENE?
KRYSTEL: "Yes. I'd say that over the last five years there are a lot more venues for R&B performers to play in. Plus, a lot of these venues that are known to do rock bands are now including more R&B and Hip-Hop performers and this is really good news for everyone."

Questions? Comments? Contact Latino Saint and Krystel at www. myspace.com/latinosaint or www.myspace.com/krystel or email them at latinosaint@comcast.net
- Janice Malone - Tennessee Tribune


SONG OF THE YEAR
Song Critique

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The categories reviewed in the critique are not the same guidelines for songs submitted into the contest. . The professional offering the critique is not on the judging panel for the Song of the Year songwriting contest. The opinions expressed in this critique will not affect any song submissions you have submitted into the song contest.

SONG WRITER
Tyler Ramos / Krystle Ochsner

NAME OF SONG
U Don’t Know


REVIEWER ID
R0515069

REVIEWER PROFESSION
Senior Editor - Publishing


LYRICS

Comments: Fantastic, inspirational lyrics! Telling it like it is, and how it should be! The sung lyrics are great and the rap is sweet. Excellent!

MUSIC

Comments: A nice subtle beat with a smooth bass line overlaid by some string backups. The music quality of the vocals and raps are tough and tight. Good harmonies. I can’t say anything bad about the music quality.

MELODIES

Comments: The melodies in the singing, bass line, and backing string synths all represent well and blend wonderfully. Great job!


TITLE

Comments: The title is simple, to the point, and rings true. To say up front “You don’t know” makes everyone who reads the title ask, “I don’t know what?” And the answer once they listen is that you don’t know what life holds for you. Great title!

STRUCTURE

Comments: The structure is perfect. All elements of this song, from vocals, to bass line, to rhythm, to backgrounds, come together so good.


MARKETABILITY

Comments: If I were a major label executive, I would sign you immediately. Unfortunately, I’m not, but I hope someone recognizes this talent. You have, in my opinion as a publishing editor, a hot piece of merchandise in this song. I hope to hear more from you!


EMOTIONAL RESPONSE

Comments: The music and beat made me move, while the lyrics made me think. That is an awesome combination. True and real. The emotional response was pure. Congratulations on a great song!
- Song of the Year (www.songoftheyear.com)


"Best live show I've seen this year".
- Dustin Michael
Executive Director
Experimental Division Nashville
www.xnashville.com
- MySpace.com


Discography

Current Activities of Interest:
*Nominated for 2009 Southern Entertainment Awards, Performance of the Year
*Nominated for 2008 NIMAs (Nashville Independent Music Awards) R&B Artist of the Year and R&B Performer of the Year
*Opened for Keyshia Cole, June 2008, Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek, MI
*Second nomination for R&B Artist of the Year, 2008 Southern Entertainment Awards, Tunica, MS (11 state competition)
*Performed in Nashville, Las Vegas, NV and Washington D.C. with Curb Records artists Nemesis, filming for their reality show entitled "Nemesis Rising" on MTV's Logo Network (Fall 2006)
* Interview on WQQK, 92Q Nashville, April 9th, 2006
* Nominated for R&B Artist of the Year for the 2006 Southern Entertainment Awards (www.southernentawards.com)
* Independent debut album release scheduled for August 2006
* Performing with funk/soul group Burning Las Vegas around the Southeast. (www.burninglasvegas.com)
* Interview on WEFT, 90.1 Champaign, IL ? 69 Room w/ Romeo Millionaire,
Sept. 30, 2005
* Interview and acoustic performance on WBUZ, 102.9 The Buzz, June 12, 2005
* Feature article about Latino Saint and Krystel in the Tennessee Tribune,
May 19, 2005 (thetennesseetribune.com)
* 1st Runner up Overall in Song of the Year international songwriting competition for song co-written by Tyler Ramos entitled "U Don't Know" (www.songoftheyear.com)
* Performed 46 times in 2005
* Director of Marketing for La Familia Del Sol Entertainment, a full service production and promotion company (www.myspace.com/lafamiliadelsol)
* Recently wrote and recorded radio campaign for downtown Nashville club
* Recently voiced commercial for Cartronics, airing on FOX 17, Nashville

Additional Appearances/Accolades:
* Received ASCAPlus Award from ASCAP for achievement in writing/performing
* Featured performer at WQQK, 92Q Peace in the Park Family BBQ, Oct. 22, 2005
* Artist on the Rise at DKVision Management (dkv-management.com)
* Featured Profile on Out Tha B.O.C.K (thabocks.com)
* Nominated by Nashville Scene Readers to peform at the Nashville Scene Music Festival, Sept. 24, 2005 (www.nashvillescene.com)
* June 2005 - Semi-Finalist in the Level 88 Talent Showcase, Nashville, TN
* February 2005 - Finalist in Xposure Memphis Talent Showcase, Memphis, TN
* January 2005 - Featured Performer at Teen Dream Unity Walk, Snellville, GA
* May 2004 - featured performer at Urban 2 Suburban Fashion Show, Battle Creek, MI
* March 2004 - Sang backup for WB artist Debi Nova at Delano Hotel showcase, Miami Beach, FL
* December 2003 - National TV appearance on A&E's "Live By Request" with Lyle Lovett
* November 2003 - completed three city tour singing vocals for Lyle Lovett
* September 2003 - Opening Act for B2K, Allegan County Fair, Allegan, MI
* July 2003 - Opening Act for Bubba Sparxxx, Amanda Perez, Blu Cantrell; WSNX Beach Grind 3.0, Muskegon, MI
* Spring 2003 - In studio singing on Lyle Lovett's grammy-nominated album "My Baby Don't Tolerate" as well as Randy Travis's gospel album.
* ASCAP writer member, song "Whisper the Words" cut on country artist Lila McCann's 2001 WB album "Complete"

* Maddhouz Radio (www.maddhouz.com) August 2003 and August 2005
Artist of the Month ? received a 94% approval rating from listeners
* 3rd Runner Up at Miss Washington Pageant in 1995, won overall talent award
* Made over 100 appearances/performances at Miss Grays Harbor during her 1995-96 reign

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Bio

Krystel is being heard at a time when music is searching for someone who has all the elements necessary to reach R&B, Hip-Hop and Pop lovers alike. Her soulful voice is reminiscent of the legendary artists that have influenced her. Krystel has worked with major label artists in different genres of music, singing backup for Curb Records artists Nemesis, touring and performing on television with Lyle Lovett, and working with Grammy-winning producer Shannon Sanders (Heather Headley, India.Arie, Haystak, Next). She also performs with regional Funk/Soul band Burning Las Vegas.
Krystel is an award winning songwriter (2004 Hip-Hop/R&B Song of the Year, songoftheyear.com, three time nominee for the Southern Entertainment Awards (2006, 2008, 2009). When you ask Krystel to describe herself as an artist in today's world, she takes it in stride; "I'm excited about the possibilities for independent music and humbled by my successes so far."

For audio, video and tour info, keep checking this page or go to www.myspace.com/krystel

For booking info, contact Tyler Ramos at 615-568-9669 or email krystel@comcast.net